RSS defamation case: Rahul Gandhi refuses to apologise, granted bail

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Rahul-Gandhi1Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on November 16 was granted bail in a criminal defamation case filed against him by an RSS office-bearer.

Reason: In his speech at Sonawale on March 6, 2014, Gandhi had held the members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. He had said, “Those who had killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji.”

Rahul refused to apologise for his remarks. He was granted bail by the Bhiwandi court on personal surety given by former home minister Shivraj Patil.

The next date of hearing in the vase is January 30, 2017.

Earlier, Gandhi had expressed his readiness to face the trial after the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him before the trial court.

Earlier, reproaching Gandhi for his ‘collective denunciation’, the SC told the Gandhi scion to either apologise or face trial in the case. Later, he filed a petition again in the SC challenging the order of the Bombay High Court refusing to quash the defamation case and summons issued to him by the trial court.

Meanwhile, party workers put up posters stating that the party would fight the killers of Mahatma Gandhi tooth and nail.

Security was beefed up at the magistrate court premises.

After the court proceedings, Gandhi will later address a public meeting, which is seen as a show of strength.